When you capture an image, you do so using a profile, which is a collection of settings that are applied to the image in advance. Among other things, a profile lets you select a location for a captured image file, apply a specific kind of border to it, set the DPI (dots per inch), and even resize it automatically.
When you adjust the settings for a profile, you do so in the tabs of the Profiles Editor. You can accomplish several tasks, including the following.
- Blur Effect (Image Effects Tab) Read more… After you add a blur effect to an image, you can edit the effect by modifying the amount of blur or removing the effect. See Editing Blur Effects.
- Border (Appearance Tab) Read more… You can easily add a border around
an image. For an image,you can specify the type, width, and color of the border. See Borders.
- Color Depth (Format Tab) Read more… When you capture an image, you can specify the color depth (i.e., how many colors to use when displaying the image). "Highcolor" images use 16-bit color depth. "Truecolor" images use 24-bit or 32-bit color depth. The higher the number, the better the quality, but the larger the file size. For images to be displayed on a computer screen, "truecolor" quality is not usually necessary. See Setting the Color Depth for an Image.
- Color for Background (Appearance Tab) Read more… From time to time, you may find it necessary or useful to select a specific color for an image's background. See Setting the Color for an Image Background.
- Condition Tags—Associate with Images (Conditional Text Tab) Read more… You can associate condition tags with an image, telling Capture whether certain condition tags should be included or excluded from that image's output. See Associating Condition Tags with Images.
- Condition Tags—Create (Condition Tags Tab) Read more… Whether or not you intend to use existing condition tags from a Flare project, you always have the option of creating your own condition tags from within Capture. However, the way to get the most benefit from the conditions feature is to link the
imageto a Flare project. See Creating Condition Tags.
- Destination (General Tab) Read more… You can provide a destination for a captured image when you save the file. However, you also have the option of providing a default file destination in a profile. That location will then be the default destination for all images captured using the profile. See Setting the Destination for an Image.
- File Format (Format Tab) Read more… When you capture an image, you can save it using one of the following file formats: BMP, GIF, HDP, JPG, JPEG, PNG, TIF, TIFF, WDP, XPSBMP, GIF, HDP, JPG, JPEG, PNG, TIF, TIFF, WDP, XPS. Each file format uses a different compression method. It is a good idea to experiment with the different file formats to determine which best meets your needs in terms of image quality and file size.When you capture an image, you can save it using one of the following file formats: BMP, GIF, HDP, JPG, JPEG, PNG, TIF, TIFF, WDP, XPSBMP, GIF, HDP, JPG, JPEG, PNG, TIF, TIFF, WDP, XPS. Each file format uses a different compression method. It is a good idea to experiment with the different file formats to determine which best meets your needs in terms of image quality and file size. See Setting the File Format for an Image.
- File Name (General Tab) Read more… You can provide a file name for a captured image when you save the file. However, you also have the option of providing a default file name in a profile. That file name will then be applied to all images captured using the profile. See Setting the File Name for an Image.
- Gray Scale (Format Tab) Read more… You can remove the color from an image by applying gray scale to it. You can do this in the Format tab of the File Properties dialog or Profiles Editor. For example, you might want the image to display in color in a MadCap Flare online Help system, but you might want the same image to display in shades of gray in PDF output . You can accomplish this by selecting the Medium drop-down, selecting the Print medium, and then selecting the Gray Scale check box.
See Creating Single-Source Images.Also see Applying Gray Scale to Images.
JPEG Quality (Format Tab) Read more… When a JPEG image is compressed, some of the data for that image is discarded. You can control how much data is lost by setting the JPEG quality level. See Setting the JPEG Quality for an Image.
- Medium (Format Tab)Read more...If the image is included in a MadCap Flare project, you can select one of the project's style mediums. The format settings you select in the other fields on this tab are then used in Flare outputs associated with that medium. The formatting options for each medium are deactivated by default. Select Enable Format to make selections, including Format, Color Depth, Gray Scale, and Print DPI options. See Setting Image Properties Using Mediums.
- Medium Source (Format Tab)Read more... This field displays the location of the stylesheet file associated with a custom medium, if one is selected in the Medium field. See Setting Image Properties Using Mediums.
- Padding (Appearance Tab) Read more… When working with images, you can easily add padding (or empty space) to increase the area around
an image. When working with objects, you can add padding between the edge of an object and the text in it. See Adding Padding to Images.
- Profile—Delete (Local Toolbar) Read more… If you have created a profile that you no longer want to use, you can delete it. See Deleting Profiles.
- Profile—Open (Local Toolbar) Read more… You can open any profile that you've created so that you can edit the settings. See Opening Profiles.
- Resizing Background (Image Effects Tab) Read more… After you capture an image, you may want to enlarge or reduce its background size. This is easily done by setting the scale factor or by changing the width or height. The image background will be resized according to the values that you enter. Any objects on the image (e.g., callouts, shapes, lines) will remain their original sizes, but you can always modify individual objects as necessary. See Resizing Images.
- Resolution (Format Tab) Read more… When you capture an image, you can set its resolution. An image's resolution is already set for online mediums based on the settings of the computer you are using. However, when working with print mediums, you need to set the image's DPI (dots per inch). As the name suggests, this setting determines how many dots are used per linear inch when printing an image. To ensure a better quality printout, you should specify a high DPI setting for printed output (say, 150 DPI). See Setting the Print DPI for an Image.
- Shading Effect (Image Effects Tab) Read more… After you add a shading effect to an image, you can edit the effect by modifying the amount of shading or removing the effect. See Editing Shading Effects.
- Shadow (Shadow Tab) Read more… You can add shadow effects to images to give them a sense of depth. See Adding Shadow Effects.
- Shapes (Shapes Tab) Read more… You can add shapes to a profile if you want them to be added automatically to each image captured with that profile. For example, you might use this to add your company's logo to each image. See Adding Shapes to Images.
- Torn Edge Effect (Edge Effects Tab) Read more… You can easily add an effect around an image or an image object to give it the appearance of having a torn edge. See Adding Torn Edge Effects.
- Variables (Variables Tab) Read more… You can create variables in images using the File Properties dialog or the Profiles Editor. Use the Capture Editor if you want to create variables for a single image only. Use the Profiles Editor if you want to create variables for a profile, which can be used when capturing future images. See Creating Variables.